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Apple Faces Class Action Lawsuit over Defective iPhone 4 Power Button

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Washington, DC: Apple Inc, is facing a defective products class action lawsuit alleging its iPhone 4 has a defective power button, effectively preventing the operator from being able to use the phone. This power button failure allegedly occurs shortly after the phone' one year warranty expires.

Filed by plaintiff Debra Hilton, the lawsuit, entitled Debra Hilton v. Apple Inc., Case No. 13-cv-2167, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, claims "The failure of the power button that has plagued the iPhone 4 is more than an inconvenience... As a method by which the phone is toggled on and off, the failure of the button precludes general use of the phone and thereby effectively prevents iPhone 4 owners from being able to use the phone."

According to the lawsuit, Hilton alleges the iPhone 4 power button defect is caused by the premature deterioration of a flex cable that connects the power button to the phone. When this cable deteriorates, the power button becomes harder and harder to depress, and eventually fails to work.

The lawsuit contends that thousands of consumers who purchased the iPhone 4 have experienced this failure forcing them to throw away their phone or pay Apple $149.99 plus shipping for a replacement.

The iPhone 4 defective power button lawsuit seeks to represent all consumers who purchased an iPhone 4 for personal use from Apple or AT&T in the United States. Plaintiffs are represented by Roy A. Katriel of The Katriel Law Firm.

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